All had surgery and hormone therapy, and half also got chemo. All women like those in the study should get gene testing to guide their care, said Dr. Testing solved a big problem of figuring out who needs chemo, said Dr. Others want chemo for even the smallest chance of benefit. Advertisement The study gave 10, patients a test called Oncotype DX, which uses a biopsy sample to measure the activity of genes involved in cell growth and response to hormone therapy, to estimate the risk that a cancer will recur.
The new results are on the 67 percent of women at intermediate risk. But many women also are urged to have chemo to help kill any stray cancer cells.
Some study leaders consult for breast cancer drugmakers or for the company that makes the gene test. Adine Usher, 78, who lives in Hartsdale, New York, joined the study 10 years ago at Montefiore and was randomly assigned to the group given chemo.
Certain women 50 or younger did benefit from chemo; slightly fewer cases of cancer spreading far beyond the breast occurred among some of them given chemo, depending on their risk scores on the gene test. The study is the largest ever done of breast cancer treatment, and the results are expected to spare up to 70, patients a year in the United States and many more elsewhere the ordeal and expense of these drugs.
Similar tests including one called MammaPrint also are widely used. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Richard Schilsky, chief medical officer of the oncology society. The usual treatment is surgery followed by years of a hormone-blocking drug.
Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds In this Thursday, May 24, photo, Adine Usher, 78, meets with breast cancer study leader Dr.
After nine years, 94 percent of both groups were still alive, and about 84 percent were alive without signs of cancer, so adding chemo made no difference.
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Well | Ignoring the Science on Mammograms Search. Subscribe Now Log In 0 Settings. Close search Site Search Navigation 30 years of United States health statistics to determine, through observation, if screening mammography has reduced breast cancer deaths.
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